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“Soup Seminar, Pt. XII: Shrimp Gumbo #2—Jimmy Hall takes over the Soup Seminar and offers his own Shrimp Gumbo Recipe”

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Chef James “Jimmy” Hall

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SOUP SEMINAR, PT XII: SHRIMP GUMBO #2—JIMMY HALL TAKES OVER THE SOUP SEMINAR AND OFFERS HIS OWN SHRIMP GUMBO RECIPE


 Soup Seminar, Pt. XII: Shrimp Gumbo #2—Jimmy Hall takes over the Soup Seminar and offers his own Shrimp Gumbo Recipe



Bakersfield, CA, 08-01-2011 M:  Greetings, friends, today, I am going to take over the Soup Seminar and give my friend, Elvin C. McCardle a few days off to return to his beloved Ventura, CA, one of the most beautiful cities on the California coast, just south of the even lovelier Santa Barbara, CA.  Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s, many of us took trips to Santa Barbara and stayed at the famed Miramar Hotel Resort right on the beach and if you can ever take a trip to California, these are the must-see cities one must visit, not Bakersfield and the Central Valley.  It’s hard to imagine how there could be such heaven on earth and right over the Coastal Mountain range to the east is one of the hottest, semi-arid deserts in the world.  It’s hard to imagine how the Spaniards who first colonized the state a couple hundred years ago fared in their armor and their heavy clothing when they crossed the mountains and headed up the San Joaquin Valley.  Conditions have to have been appalling, temperatures in the 100’s, mosquitoes, malaria, disease, discomfort, and death.  Yet, they pacified the Native Americans, forced them into a form of slavery, built the missions, and persevered for more than two centuries.  Anyhow, I am getting off track so if we can, let’s get to the business of the day.

Yesterday, Chef McCardle shared his Shrimp Gumbo recipe with you all and today, I am going to present to you mine.  I love spicy soups and believe it or not, soups that are broth-based are much more difficult to season than are cream soups.  Cream tends to evenly distribute the seasonings and if added to the mirepoix vegetables and incorporated into the roux, it’s highly possible that you won’t find any clumps of pepper, spices, or even salt.  In a stock-based soup, many times, the seasonings fail to evenly distribute and you can continue adding spices and herbs for a long time and still not get a flavor and then all of a sudden: BOOM! The darned thing is over-spiced and there’s absolutely NOTHING you can do to fix it other than to dilute it which might ruin the soup’s flavor for good.  Therefore, it’s a good thing to work with a recipe as a recipe won’t let you down.   

(#524) SHRIMP GUMBO #2





1. Yield: 2.5 quarts / Mis-en-place: 1.25 hours:




Qty.
Measure
Item
Other
.25
Cup
Diced carrots

.25
Cup
Diced yellow onions

.25
Cup
Diced celery

.75
Quart
Chicken broth

2
Cups
Canned diced tomatoes with juice

2
Cups
 Crushed tomatoes with juice

.25
Cup
Diced green bell peppers (stemmed, seeded, and de-ribbed)
1.5
Teaspoons
Diced ham

1.5
Teaspoons
Sliced yellow onions

1.5
Teaspoons
Sliced green onions

1.5
Teaspoons
Whole butter

.125
Cup
White wine

.25
#
Shrimp meat

1.5
Teaspoons
Granulated garlic

.75
Teaspoon
Ground bay leaves

.75
Teaspoon
Clam base

.75
Teaspoons
Lobster base

1.5
Teaspoons
Gumbo file

1.5
Teaspoons
Creole seasoning

1
Teaspoon
Freshly minced parsley

1
Teaspoon
Hungarian paprika

.125
Teaspoon
Cayenne pepper

.125
Teaspoon
Crushed hot chilis

1.5
Teaspoons
Lemon juice




Method:

1.      Basically, combine everything together in a pot and bring quickly to a boil; then, lower heat and allow soup to reduce as well as to develop the taste. Skim any fat or sludge off that might come to the surface.


     The seafood-shrimp-crab-lobster gumbos are all built upon one of the above preceding recipes. Adjust soup bases so you get more of what you want. Also, you’ll notice that in the second Gumbo there was no rice but if you want or need to you can add rice later. Please note, too, that these recipes do not have to use fresh shrimp meat but instead can be built around leftover cooked or raw shrimp that you can chop up rather than letting them go to waste.

Like my friend, Elvin C. McCardle said yesterday, I, too, have had a great time today and as always enjoy my opportunities to write for the Elemental News of the Day. We urge our readership to write to us and leave comments and if there are any of you, who would care to write an article for us, please get in touch via Magnolia Hilltop Brewers, P.O. Box 20669, Bakersfield, CA 93390-0669.  We obviously don’t pay anything but you will be given a full byline and that’s worth its weight in gold.  We want as many people who want to write to be able to do so and we believe that by presenting a forum for our fellow chefs, we are doing something for our beloved industry.  We love diversity and hope to add new and different authors to our pantheon of chefs, food and beverage directors, and culinary professionals.  Come on and join us, it’ll be fun!

Please remember to avoid doing business with AARC Technology in Bakersfield, CA.  These people don’t care about the small customer anymore but instead put all of their attentions onto their corporate customers. It’s sad to not remember why one has the success they do or from where it came. Well, we had a great time today and I will be back tomorrow to give you one soup recipe and then someone else will come on in with something else. Who knows, we might make soups for awhile?   

Thank you!

Jimmy Hall

James Hall

Cook III, CWC, ACF, and Maui Chef’s Association

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This is me as a chef during the 1980's when we took a group photograph for a Chefs de Cuisine yearbook. At the time, I was working at a hotel in Bakersfield, CA, down on Union Avenue. It was still somewhat nice and the area was still the original "restaurant row" of the city. Now, I am in my sixties and am working over in Santa Barbara, CA, as a food and beverage director for a country club.

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END Commentary for Monday, August 01, 2011 by Chef James “Jimmy” Hall

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   this is a shot of Brian Carrick on 10-31-1980 on the way to the Funworld Gig to manage the Plynth in concert.

This is Brian Carrick in the backyard of Shamrock with his dog, Twinkie, on 10-24-1980.

        This is another shot of Groucho the Cat on 09-29-1980 at Shamrock in Bakersfield, CA.

  this is a photo of Lupe Carrick at Cayucos, CA on 11-08-1980 during a trip there with her husband, Brian Carrick.

This is a shot of Magnolia Hilltop Brewers' bassist, Victor Gaona, at Lake Isabella, CA, on 10-06-1978 prior to the start of the show.

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